579 SELBY AVENUE 

19th Century Boarding House Makes a 21st Century Headquarters

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LOCATION

 

CLIENT

CONSTRUCTED

PROJECT DATE

PROJECT SCOPE

PROJECT SIZE

Saint Paul, MN

Real Estate Equities

1890

2017

Historic tax credit certification, Saint Paul heritage preservation approvals, design guidance for historic redevelopment

8,907 sq. ft.

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Historic tax credits restore a neighborhood landmark.

CHALLENGE

The Chateauesque style double-house was originally built in 1890. By 1903, it had been converted to a boarding house. Over the next century, the building served a variety of purposes – from housing to restaurant to chocolatier – so that the historic interior had substantially been obscured by repeated renovations.

 

SUCCESS

New History worked with the developer and future occupant to restore the historic house as the company’s new headquarters and office space. New History engaged with the design team, owner’s representative, and client to reconstruct the interior while creating office space to keep the building vital for the next century. State and federal historic tax credits were a key financial tool to make the reuse possible.